News & Information for Technology Purchasers NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
Home Enterprise I.T. Cloud Computing Applications Hardware More Topics...
GET RECOGNIZED
Let an ISACA® certification elevate your career.
Register today and save
You are here: Home / Personal Tech / Twitter Crashed Again on Tuesday
DDoS Protection Powered By Verisign
Twitter Crashed Again on Tuesday
Twitter Crashed Again on Tuesday
By Barry Levine / NewsFactor Network Like this on Facebook Tweet this Link thison Linkedin Link this on Google Plus
PUBLISHED:
MARCH
12
2014


Social micro-blogging site Twitter went down again on Tuesday. The company said the outage lasted less than an hour, but this is the second crash in nine days.

On its status page on Tuesday, Twitter said that it "experienced unexpected complications that made Twitter unavailable for many users starting at 11:01 a.m." PDT. The downtime occurred during "a planned deploy in one of our core services," and the company said it rolled back "the change as soon as we identified the issue."

A controlled recovery was also undertaken to make sure the rest of the service was stable, and there was a full recovery by 11:47 a.m. PDT.

Inopportune Times

Twitter watchers have reported that APIs and streams to third-party apps were also affected. Twitter apologized for the inconvenience, and acknowledged that most users were experiencing performance issues via the Web or mobile devices. Issues included loading timelines and the ability to post tweets.

Ironically, the Tuesday outage took place as Twitter co-founder Biz Stone was about to take the stage at the South by Southwest media festival in Austin. Twitter was a hit at the festival in 2007.

The previous outage also took place at an inopportune time -- during the Academy Awards on March 2. On that occasion, the company's servers were overwhelmed by retweets of a "selfie" taken by show host Ellen DeGeneres that included many celebrities. When it was taken, DeGeneres announced live on the show that she intended for it to become the most retweeted message ever.

It's not surprising that a celebrity-laden photo would get such huge retweets. Earlier this week, the service announced that an analysis it conducted of millions of tweets by users in a wide range of industries found that media helps.

News, Stories

In a blog post on Monday, the company said that "people don't engage equally with every tweet," but its data showed that "adding video, links and photos all result in an impressive boost in the number of retweets."

An outage for a free service might not be considered an urgency, except that many of its 250 million users have come to depend on being regularly fed snippets of information -- or broadcasting their snippets. As many observers have noted, Twitter is now more like a critical piece of the infrastructure, as if it were phone or cable service.

In addition to being a constant check-in destination, the service has clearly become a citizen broadcasting network. It can be targeted at an individual, a large number of people, or just to a user's followers. Additionally, as has been seen in times of crisis -- notably natural disasters or political events -- it can become the only outlet for the transmission of news.

Now that it's reshaped our notion of news, it might soon do the same for storytelling. The second Twitter Fiction Festival (#twitterfiction) opened Wednesday at an event in New York City, featuring fictional stories told in 140-character bites.

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:

Like Us on FacebookFollow Us on Twitter
TOP STORIES NOW
MAY BE OF INTEREST
Salesforce.com is the market and technology leader in Software-as-a-Service. Its award-winning CRM solution helps 82,400 customers worldwide manage and share business information over the Internet. Experience CRM success. Click here for a FREE 30-day trial.
MORE IN PERSONAL TECH
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
Dairy Queen Latest Retailer To Report Hack
Dairy Queen is known for its hot fries and sweet treats, but it just made cyber history as the latest victim of a hack attack. The fast food chain said that customer data at some stores may be at risk.
 
Lessons from the JPMorgan Chase Cyberattack
JPMorgan Chase is investigating a likely cyberattack. The banking giant is cooperating with law enforcement, including the FBI, to understand what data hackers may have obtained.
 
Who Is the Hacker Group Lizard Squad?
Are they dangerous or just obnoxious? That’s what many are wondering about the hacker group Lizard Squad, which tweeted out a bomb threat that grounded a flight with a Sony exec aboard.
 

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
HP Previews ProLiant Gen9 Servers
Because traditional data center and server architectures are “constraints” on businesses, HP is releasing new servers aimed at faster, simpler and more cost-effective delivery of computing services.
 
Apple Set To Release Largest iPad Ever
Tech giant Apple seems to have adopted the mantra “go big or go home.” The company is planning to introduce its largest iPad ever: a 12.9-inch behemoth that will dwarf its largest existing models.
 
Alert: HP Recalls 5 Million Notebook AC Power Cords
HP is recalling about 5.6 million notebook computer AC power cords in the U.S. and another 446,700 in Canada because of possible overheating, which can pose a fire and burn hazard.
 

Mobile Technology Spotlight
Apple Sets Sept. 9 Event: iPhone 6, iWatch on Tap?
Save the date. Apple formally announced that its long-anticipated “special event," will take place on September 9. Does the tech giant have the iPhone 6, and the iWatch up its sleeve?
 
Samsung's New Smart Watch Makes Calls Without Phone
Following up on the Gear 2, Samsung has unveiled a new 3G smart watch, the Gear S, that stands out in its ability to make phone calls and send text messages without a smartphone.
 
Apple Set To Release Largest iPad Ever
Tech giant Apple seems to have adopted the mantra “go big or go home.” The company is planning to introduce its largest iPad ever: a 12.9-inch behemoth that will dwarf its largest existing models.
 

Navigation
NewsFactor Network
Home/Top News | Enterprise I.T. | Cloud Computing | Applications | Hardware | Mobile Tech | Big Data | Communications
World Wide Web | Network Security | Data Storage | CRM Systems | Microsoft/Windows | Apple/Mac | Linux/Open Source | Personal Tech
Press Releases
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.